On Sunday night, Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge confirmed the tragic death of world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizimana in a road accident along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road at Kaptagat area. According to Mulinge, the accident occurred at 11pm and Kiptum was driving a Toyota Premio with two passengers on board – Garvais and a lady identified as Sharon Kosgey.
Sharon managed to escape with serious injuries and was rushed to Racecourse Hospital for medical attention, while the bodies of Kiptum and Hakizimana were taken to the Racecourse Hospital mortuary. The vehicle was badly damaged and towed to Kaptagat Police Station.
Kiptum’s marathon record of two hours and 35 seconds, which was ratified just last week by World Athletics, had positioned him well for the Rotterdam Marathon on April 14 this year. He was also part of the Kenyan team picked for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The County Commander stated that it was a self-involved accident where one Kelvin Kiptum lost control of his vehicle while driving with two passengers. He veered off the road, landed in a ditch about 60 meters away before hitting a big tree, resulting in their unfortunate deaths on impact.